Monday, January 15, 2018

Rubicon Models T34/76 - the build

So I have assembled the kit to this point. There are a lot of options, the best bet is to find a prototype and then choose the parts to match.

I chose the "Cast" turret with the two periscopes, the Stalingrad sale gun mantlet and the all steel wheels. A late style engine access hatch was used at the back.

I was just going to build it "out of the box", but ended up adding some hand rails, using the Bill Bedford hand rail jig.

Stowage and hull machine gun to be added.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Soviet Infantry

I think this is a Chechnya era figure by Empress.




Rubicon T34/76 - the sprues

I bought this when the kit was originally released, but have not got round to building it.

The later T34/85 kit build is currently awaiting finishing, but is going to have additional stowage.

The T34/76 however will be effectively straight out of the shop and into the fray so will not have the delay.  Once I decide what version to build.



There is an additional sprue for another turret present in the T34/85.

Panzer I Ausf B with Breda 20mm auto cannon finished... part 5

So, the Panzer I Ausf B is now more or less finished.
Okay, there is still some work to do on the wheels.
The crew has evidently stolen a fire bucket (a Rubicon Models bucket from one of the stowage).




William Killian faces down the Panzer.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Empress 28mm BMD-2 IFV - part 2

There was a suggestion on the Lead Adventures Forum about changing the turret for something like a Zu-23-2 AA mount.

In best Blue Peter tradition, this is one I prepared earlier.
This is the Zu-23-2 from the Empress Technical, using the supplied mount.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Shadow War - Armageddon: The Fallen - Chaos Marines

A long time ago in a blog post far, far away...

Okay, not Star Wars.

A Chaos Space Marine leader, part of the Fallen for Shadow War: Armageddon.
Armed with a sword and a bolt pistol, backed up with grenades, he is ready to lead the fight against their enemies.


The Fallen's leader squares off against a loyalist Cadian trooper.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Empress 28mm BMD-2 IFV

The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit company had a range of 1/48 scale modern vehicles. They are now being made available by Empress, as an addition to their 1/50 scale modern vehicles.

The first I have started to assemble is the BMD-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The resin is different to that used on the other Empress models - it is more similar to the resin used on Warlord kits. The fit is not so good either, and there are a number of minor air holes. The suspension arms are poorly rendered and in one case missing.

Part of the track guard is broken.
The hull is just balanced on the track units. Reference to photographs show the track is not flush with the bottom of the hull sponsons. There are no indications as to how the track is to be attached to the hull. I do have some concerns that the track unit is too long for the hull.
Rubicon Models British flimsy fuel cans made a consistent gap between the track and the hull sponsons.

The BMD2 is armed with a 30mm auto cannon with an elevation capable of firing at helicopters. There is a sight linked to the gun on the left side of the turret which is not represented on the model. Three holes have been drilled in the turret (ignore the fourth, it will be filled). One takes the sight itself, the other two for a guard that protects the delicate sight. An additional hole has been drilled in the mantlet dust cover for the coax weapon. The mantlet design does not match photographs I have found on the internet but it is a bit too complex for me to make major changes.
A searchlight is mechanically linked to the main gun. Two holes were drilled in the turret top and a single hole drilled through the searchlight. A periscope is temporarily in place on the rear door. The track guards are supported by pieces of square section microstrip. They will be trimmed once the gaps have been filled.
The searchlight base and the AA gunsight base are faired in with Greenstuff.
The AA gunsight guard is checked - the ends need to be trimmed for length once the sight is in place.


View of the model with the gun barrel added. This will have a dust cover from Greenstuff at the mantlet.
 William Killian for scale.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Panzer I Ausf B with Breda 20mm auto cannon continued... part 4

I have found the remaining white metal parts, though only the headlight was needed. I have added the two posts on the glacis for the first of the soft stowage.
A tarpaulin has been added to the glacis. A Rubicon Allied Stowage set crate has been placed behind the fire extinguisher.
The fixing of the bucket has been bulked up to indicate the loop. Not sure what is in the bucket. Note the bubble on the mudguard.
Another view of the new tarpaulin. An additional peg has been added to the front track guard.
A greenstuff tarpaulin has now been added to the right track guard. The tarpaulin is additionally secured to the front right tow hook.
One short and one long Rubicon Allied Stowage crate have been added to the engine deck.

A tarpaulin has been draped over part of the two crate. A small amount of greenstuff was used to fill the gap between the crates. The gap between the aerial and the hull mount has been bridged with greenstuff.
A view of the tarpaulin.


Next stop, spray painting.

15mm Cromwell from PSC

As a slight diversion from other projects, I assembled a Plastic Soldier Company 15mm scale Cromwell tank.
 It is mainly out of the box, except I removed and reposed the rear commander's hatch because of the adjacent aerial, added using brass rod. Items from the German stowage and commanders set have been added.
the commander has a map laid out in front of him. Camouflage nets have been hung around the turret.